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    1961 Royal FP. $255 in 1961 money.

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    1. rampant observation [deleted] 119 months ago | reply

      a thing of beauty. are you participating in national novel writing month again this year?

    2. mpclemens 119 months ago | reply

      Had to hunt for the "1" key in the large view: an interesting design choice, placing it down by the "L" instead of up by the other numerals. I suppose this fit better with Royal's manufacturing setup. The Olympia script machine that I had added the "1" key by the numerals, and sacrificed another from that top row, effectively right-shifting everything.

      I have to wonder what a full-size script machine would be used for -- industrial-grade thank-you notes? Love the name, by the way, though I hear Anthony Hopkins hissing it in my head: "Clarissssse"

    3. Olivander 119 months ago | reply

      Yeah, that misplaced "1" can make it interesting. When typing "1", I tend to go for the "L" by habit and then go, "Oh, there it is!" They would have had to have a separate manufacturing line for script FPs if they'd tried to fit it into the rest of the number row. I'm kind of surprised that they didn't take the same approach as Erika and sacrifice the zero for "O" instead.

      Edit: looking at another FP, it looks like the character sacrificed for the "1" was the semicolon.

      I've wondered why someone ordered an office standard, with carbon ribbon (a very expensive add-on option!) and script typeface. Perhaps they wanted their corporate letters to look more friendly. Or maybe some prolific letter-writing lady wanted to keep copies of all her correspondence. Who knows?

      Formica, I'm doing NaNo again (not with this machine), but probably not full-steam-ahead.

    4. Luke H 119 months ago | reply

      Green is one of my more preferred colors ;-)

    5. R.Berdar 119 months ago | reply

      This is very cool. Love the color. I have a Royal from about this era, but they are quite different, it seems.

    6. Reckon 119 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous Royal, Olivander

    7. Olivander 119 months ago | reply

      The only significant difference between your FP and mine, R, is that mine is equipped with carbon ribbon spools (the big ear-muff-like things on the sides). And of course the typeface is different.

    8. R.Berdar 119 months ago | reply

      Olivander: Thanks for the info! I'm still learning about these machines. Just got new ribbon for mine since the old was getting VERY dried out, so I'm anxious to load it up and give it a real whirl.

    9. sarah haege (sarahishh) 119 months ago | reply

      Wow sweet Royal, awesome photo too (=

    10. Marty Nelson 119 months ago | reply

      My grandmother had one of these. I'd forgotten all about it until I stumbled upon your photostream. Thank you for bringing back a lot of fun memories!

    11. greentea flute 118 months ago | reply

      this is a pretty serious one, isn't? yes, the color, and that patterning on the frnot panel .....

    12. JoeVintage 118 months ago | reply

      Thats a really great machine and alot of money in the day!

    13. JanT66 94 months ago | reply


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